Arctic Tanks: In Review

This is one of the newer tanks that are getting a lot of hype. It’s a welcome addition as far as I’m concerned, it was about time for another strong contender to come into the tank market with a promising product.

At this point, I should mention this is a delayed review, I’ve been on holiday (and no, I am NOT sorry)

I did not pay for this product. It was sent in for review from the Vape-Club. As such I will be using their prices for comparison and probably be linking their webshop a few times. As always my opinions are my own.

As this tank is aimed at volume vapers, I adjusted my vape a little bit. Predominantly by using much lower nicotine levels (3mg instead of 12mg) and going for a direct lung inhale as opposed to a mouth to lung inhale. This also means you get a completely different type of throat hit which I don’t truly enjoy but that’s just my preference.

First Impressions:

; ermI hate false advertising, Horizon Tech that makes these tanks describes it as a “turbine.” It fucking isn’t. A turbine needs a moving part called a rotor which… wellErm does… things! (that is the technical term) This tank has four large airholes all else. So while there are massive amounts of air going through the coil but its far from a turbine… Don’t even get me started on “USA Made Kanthal™” and “Pyrex.”

Looks:

It looks quite good and very well sized. In fact, I prefer the size of these to most tanks I’ve seen recently. There’s substantial weight when holding it in your hand and there cant be any argument on the built quality. No metal on metal friction, smooth threading, and o-rings where needed.

The entire tank with the exception of the window bit is made from brushed stainless steel, from the drip tip to the sealed 510 connection. Speaking of drip tips.. is someone taking the proverbial piss with this thing or are tank manufacturers under the impression that we all enjoy giving our drip tips a blowjob? Its so fucking massive I can easily fit a standard sized drip tip in it. What exactly is the point of a drip tip so huge when it doesn’t make the draw any lighter cause of the bottleneck that HAS to exist for the 510 sized connection to the top cap? Anyway, I don’t like that bit, but it seems to be common practice these days, so I won’t go on about it for too long.

Filling:

Nothing special. Turn it upside down and squeeze some juice into it. Not the easiest fill because of the construction but no real need for needles and such. You get the point even if a novice from the illustrations in the back… more or less. It got a capacity of near as makes not difference 3ml from my tests, which included counting how many times I could fill it with a 10ml bottle run out. Not exactly scientific but it works.

I usually prefer much smaller tanks, but this thing is a guzzler, so the larger capacity doesn’t give you enough time to get bored of the flavor. I found myself vaping three tankfuls in a day (9ml) to my regular 2-3ml initially; I quickly dropped to a more reasonable (for me) 5ml.

The Head:

Tanks, for the most part, are pretty much the same these days. The make or break point in them has to be the replaceable head holding the wicking material and coil. The kit I received included two dual coil heads at 0.2ohms and 0.5ohms. I was also lucky enough to get a 0.5 single coil head from a friend.

For this tank, this is where results seem to be a little bit mixed.

The 0.2ohm head recommends vaping from 30-100W, I could only try it up to 70W cause that’s the max range I can get to with current devices. Frankly that’s more than the range I ever really need or use for vaping. Up to 70W and with 4-5 tanks of vaping I just couldn’t get behind it. I was getting some horrid flavor out of it. I gave up using it

The 0.5ohm heads, on the other hand, were both quite nice. I found my sweet spot at 25W and after the first tank when the coils “broke in” I was getting as much flavor and vapor as most RDAs at equivalent resistances. The wicking on these heads is one of the best I’ve seen so far. I simply couldn’t get a hard hit from it no matter how hard I tried even using upwards of 85% VG (not much higher admittedly when accounting for PG based nic and flavorings).

The Air Flow:

There are massive amounts of air going through the four air holes, totaling 12mm2 when wide open. I closed it down to just 1/4th to get to something I liked. This, unfortunately, made the Arctic sound like a boiling kettle. It was a fun experiment to vape and watch people rush to make their tea now that water was hot. A bit over and under the 1/4th I got quite a bit of noise but no whistling. I suppose its a combination of how hard you pull and how much air goes through the AFC and it will differ for everyone.

Conclusion:

If you skipped the rest, this is what counts.

As much as I disagree with the marketing and hype around this product, it remains a decent vape. From the limited number of heads I tried, I would have to recommend the 0.5ohm single coil, the 0.5ohm dual coil being a close second and the 0.2ohm dual coil option to be avoided altogether. But again that could have been a dud head I received (note to vendors, when sending stuff for review include new heads) a valid option for someone looking for a no-fuss tank but had the STORE  not sent it to me would I have spent my money on it? NO! (sorry THE STORE– and there’s that link again!) Simply because of the pricing. For the same coin I could get myself a sub tank mini which, in my experience, vapes slightly better and even includes its little RDA module for the same price. The primary benefit of the Arctic tank would be the wicking, I have yet to try pushing 85% VG through the Subtank, but I suspect the massive wicking holes on the Arctic tank will outperform it. That doesn’t make it a bad choice as I’ve said just a couple of sentences ago. Just not the best bang for your buck as the saying goes.

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